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Monday, February 18, 2002
PleXWriter PX-W1210S CD-RW

2. Data Tests

PleXWriter PX-W1210S SCSI CDR-W - Page 2

Data Tests

Test Method:
- SCSI Mechanic v3.0: This was used to compare the Plextor's I/O performance against other various CDR-W drives (see charts). We used a pressed CD containing PlexTools v1.05 for all of the tests.
- CD Speed 99 v0.75 was also used to check the drive performance with pressed CDs. For that test we used PlexTools v1.05 original CD.

- SCSI Mechanic v3.0 results

As you can see from the graph above, the PX-W1210S drive performed as good as the IDE model. It produced approximately the same Random I/O (690kb/s) and "Average Sequential I/O" (3682kb/s) results but gave the best "Average Same Sector I/O" (15600kb/s) compared to the PX-W1210A (12904kb/s) and TDK CyClone (12924kb/s).

- CD Speed 99 v0.75 results

Using CD Speed 0.75, we can see that PX-W1210S is slightly slower than TDK CyClone and PX-W1210A. Of course the gap is meaningless (24.69x to 24.98x) but it exists..

That is something interesting. The PX-W1210S has much lower seek times compared to the PX-W1210A and TDK CyClone! That is a welcomed improvement over the previous model.

Verdict of data (pressedCDs) tests
The PlexWriter PX-W1210S seems to be as fast as the IDE (PX-W1210A) model. In some cases performed slightly worse, however a gap of 0.3-0.6x doesn't mean anything for the normal user. Its average reading speed using PlexTools v1.05 was 24.69x, PX-W1210A has slightly higher (24.98x) and TDK CyClone the best with 25.00x. It's seek times are way improved over PX-W1210A and TDK CyClone and as it seems Plextor worked hard for the new model.

In the SCSI Mechanic tests, the PX-W1210S shares the first place with PX-W1210A and TDK CyClone. The drive delivered an average sequential reading result of 3.682mb/s, which is about the same that PX-W1210A and TDK CyClone gave back. The drive has the best "Average Same Sector I/O" possible due to SCSI interface over the IDE models. Overall, the PleXWriter PX-W1210S seems to deliver the same performance as the PX-W1210A Ide model did. In some areas (seek times) it's even better and will make you much happier if you have CDs with lot of small files..

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